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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 474
Gots: 195 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

vitese, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Big thanks to Sam for this one. A long time want of mine... and now my 900th review! 750ml bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, light cream colored head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, cloudy rust. Stringy and spotty lace with no cling. Thin, filmy legs. Average.

Nose is tart cherry, jammy sweetness, a touch of oak, acidity, and some leather. Aromatic. Good fruit character.

Opens tart cherry, acetone, crushed red fruit, and a mellow, sour soy sauce. Some leather and woodiness in the middle. End is more acetone, vinegar, and sour red fruit. Aftertaste of some barnyard funk and more woodiness. So harsh!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and fizzy in the mouth and goes down like acetone. Very harsh. Messy, bubbly finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Not the best.

Just like almost all of the Bruery's other sour ales, this one has turned almost completely into vinegar and acetone. The fruit is present but is very muted against present harsh flavors. The intense carbonation doesn't help matters. I wouldn't revisit this one and given the asking price on this one, I REALLY wouldn't revisit it.

SpeedwayJim, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

jbuddle, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

danwho, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

IPAyForHops, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

DaveHack, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

BAsbill, Apr 17, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy amber color with an off white head. The retention is nice with a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer is of tart and fruity. The taste of the beer is very good, the fruit comes out really well the oak and there is a beautiful vanilla flavor with nice grape-like flavor. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall very good sour, leaves a film in my mouth. Still very good stuff.

Knapp85, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

joel66, Mar 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

katiethehooks, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

AshleyMiller, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

archey, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Mar 10, 2013
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4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a beautiful clear brown-tinged ruby color with about one finger of light brown head.

S - Lots of fruit in the aroma, with cherry and blackberry leading the way. Also a big lactic acid presence with no detectable acetic acid that is often found in Bruery sours. The fruit aromas are mostly on the tart side, though some sweetness comes through. Funk presence is pretty mild, but definitely there.

T - Similar to the smell, the is a big fruit presence. Jammy blackberries and tart cherry juice. Lots of lactic acid and a decent amount of funk. I love how the taste manages to be tart, fruity and creamy all at the same time. Maybe a touch of acetic acid, but lactic acid dominates the sour flavor profile. A mild oak presence as well. Very nice.

M - As mentioned about, a nice and surprising creaminess to the mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation, making it just a touch prickly.

O - Easily my favorite of the Bruery sours I've had, and one of the best American Wilds I've had as well. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.

warnerry, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

huskermike12, Feb 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Adamostella, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jvillefan, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Pecan, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

pmarlowe, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

2beerdogs, Feb 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Franch, Feb 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

sdpaul, Feb 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Slipmthgoose, Feb 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

matt2591, Jan 27, 2013
The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.